It’s quite extraordinary the fear and anxiety that strikes most of us before a visit to the dentist and according to a dentist in central London, serious problems can arise when trying to treat a nervous patient. Dental phobia’s come in many guises, some borne out of ignorance, others out of experience. One of the problems is that we are willing to put our teeth in the hands of a stranger whom we assume knows how to carry out dental procedures. The answer to this is that we could do a little research of our own on dental procedures available. A visit to see a practise and a consultation with a dentist will alleviate some of the anxieties surrounding our treatments and give us a chance to get to know the person behind the drill. But some phobias stem from bad experiences at the dentists, either to ourselves or to others we know. This is a more difficult problem to overcome, but again, in a face to face consultation you can express the level of your fears and therefore, the dentist can tailor the treatment to your concerns. Dental techniques and procedures have advanced, as has the recognition and treatment of dental phobias in patients. Relaxation techniques and sedation dentistry are now part of everyday dental practises, designed to tame anxiety and relieve pain.